States with the Highest Rates of Obese High School Students

According to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), 13.9 percent of high school students were obese, and an additional 16.0 percent were overweight. The information from YRBSS is based on a survey of participating states and uses self-reported information. State obesity rates among high school students ranged from a low of 10.3 percent in Montana to a high of 18.9 percent in Mississippi, with a median of 13.3 percent.

Highest High School Obesity Rates (2015)

RankStateHigh School Obesity Rate
1YMississippi18.9% ±1.0
2pTennessee18.6% ±1.0
3QKentucky18.5% ±1.1
4CArkansas18.0% ±1.0
5wWest Virginia17.9% ±1.4
6jOklahoma17.3% ±1.5
7aNorth Carolina16.4% ±1.4
8nSouth Carolina16.3% ±0.8
9BAlabama16.1% ±1.4
10HDelaware15.8% ±0.9